Operating partners

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Aaron Bell

Aaron Bell is an operating partner at Altaris, focused on project management and operational excellence. Aaron has over 15 years of experience in business operations, Lean Six Sigma, mergers & acquisitions, customer relationship management, and leading cross-functional teams to solve complex, global problems and drive significant improvements. Aaron is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a United States Marine Corps Veteran. Aaron received a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in International Relations from the University of California, San Diego.

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Tim Callahan

Tim Callahan is an operating partner at Altaris and a board member of CMP Pharma and Padagis. Tim has over 25 years of board and operational leadership experience in biopharmaceutical companies, including serving as SVP, Commercial Operations at Actavis Plc (now Allergan), where he led the commercial transformation of the brand division into a multi-billion-dollar global specialty business. Previously, he built specialty pharma businesses in commercial leadership roles at Actavis, Watson Pharmaceuticals, and Schein Pharmaceutical. Tim has held board roles in public, private, and non-profit healthcare organizations, and he has served as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University.

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Shawn Cavanagh

Shawn Cavanagh is an operating partner at Altaris and serves as Executive Chair of Kindeva and Meridian. Shawn has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical services industry, predominantly with contract development and manufacturing organizations. Previously, Shawn was President, Chief Operating Officer, and member of the Board of Directors at Cambrex Corporation. Shawn has also held leadership roles at Lonza, where he served as President of Lonza Bioscience. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

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Bruce Friedman

Bruce Friedman is an operating partner at Altaris with more than 45 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries, most recently as Vice President, Technical Operations at Noven Pharmaceuticals. Bruce was a founder of JDS Pharmaceuticals, an Altaris operating company that was acquired by Noven Pharmaceuticals in 2007. Previously, Bruce worked at Pfizer, Carter-Wallace and MedPointe. Bruce has a bachelor and a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Columbia University.

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Bernard Lyons

Bernie Lyons is an operating partner at Altaris and a board member of Minnetronix. Previously, Bernie served as a board member of Creganna and Paramit prior to their sales. Bernie has over 30 years of experience in the medical device industry, including as the President & CEO of Direct Flow Medical, Inc. Prior to Direct Flow, he served as President and CEO of Vasca, Inc. and CardioClasp, Inc., and held several senior level positions at Boston Scientific. Bernie is an Executive in Residence with Canon USA and Partners Healthcare Innovation, and has served as an advisor/board member to numerous innovative medical device start-ups.

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William Rhodes

Bill Rhodes is an operating partner at Altaris and served as a board member of Paramit prior to its sale. Bill has over 30 years of experience in the life sciences industry, most recently serving in various senior executive roles at Becton Dickinson and Co. Previously, he held senior executive positions with Pfizer, J&J, Reed and Carnrick Pharmaceuticals and The William James Company. Bill is a Senior Executive in Residence at Cornell University’s McGovern Life Sciences Center and a Clinical Instructor with Weill Cornell Medical College’s Department of Healthcare Policy and Research.

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Greg Sargen

Greg Sargen is an operating partner at Altaris and chair of the audit committee at Kindeva Drug Delivery and Veranova. Greg has over twenty-five years of experience in the pharmaceutical services industry and has served on the board of two publicly traded biopharmaceutical companies. Previously, Mr. Sargen was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Cambrex Corporation, a publicly traded Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization. Mr. Sargen also held finance roles at Fisher Scientific International (now ThermoFisher), Merck & Co and Expanets. Mr. Sargen began his career in auditing at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Sargen holds a B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

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Philip Smith

Phil Smith is an operating partner at Altaris and is Chair of the board of Intricon and a board member of Trean. Phil has over 30 years of board, strategic advisory and operational leadership experience in the healthcare industry, predominantly with medical device companies. Previously, Mr. Smith was a managing director at investment banking firms Kroll (formerly Duff & Phelps), BMO Capital Markets (formerly Greene Holcomb Fisher) and Piper Jaffray, where he advised healthcare clients and executed mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. Prior to his investment banking career, Mr. Smith held various executive leadership positions at several medical technology companies, including as President and CEO of Angeion Corporation, a global medical technology company focused on cardiorespiratory health solutions and DGIMED Ortho, an orthopedic trauma technology company. Mr. Smith also served as an Executive Vice President of Vital Images, a global medical imaging software company. Mr. Smith received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Company leadership

  • Analogic | Tom Ripp
  • Chemical Computing Group | Paul Labute
  • Clearwater | Steve Cagle
  • CMP Pharma | Gerald Sakowski
  • G&H Orthodontics | John Voskuil
  • Intricon | Scott Longval
  • Kindeva Drug Delivery | Aaron Mann
  • Meridian Medical Technologies | Milton Boyer
  • Minnetronix | Jeremy Maniak
  • Padagis | Sharon Kochan
  • Solesis | Karen West
  • Trean Insurance Group | Julie Baron
  • Veranova | Niek Stapel

Members of the Altaris Operating Network are not employees of Altaris.

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